It’s that time again for your family’s annual great Christmas tree hunt. And we’ve found the best local, fresh and u-cut tree farms. Family-owned and operated, and all within 30 miles of Portland, your family will enjoy the challenge of finding the perfect Noble fir to place gifts under. Grab you ax, put on some warm cloths and get ready for an adventure at one of these awesome spots. Read on to find out more.
photo: Carol Munro via flickr
Get a taste of life on a year-round, working farm that’s been growing and raising hazelnuts and beef cattle alongside its trees for decades. You’ll find a wide selection of pre-cut and u-cut firs – Balsam, Douglas, Grand, Noble and Nordmann – up to 15 feet tall. Adding to the ambiance are free candy canes, hot cocoa, and a tractor ride that winds throughout the farm.
Nov. 23-Dec. 24
Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. to dark, Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m. to dark
Prices: $4/foot for Douglas firs; $7/foot for Noble, Nordmann and Grand
25877 NW West Union Rd.
Sauvie Island Farms
Move over berries and peaches, another crop – the fir tree – takes center stage at this much-loved Sauvie Island staple during the holiday season. Select and cut your favorite tree from a large selection of Douglas, Grand and Noble firs. For fresh seasonal décor, check out the wreaths and cedar garlands.
Nov. 23-Dec. 21
Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sun.
Prices: $4/foot for Douglas firs; $5/foot for Grand firs; $6/foot for Noble firs; cash, check and credit/debit accepted
19818 NW Sauvie Island Rd.
photo: FrankGuido via flickr
Hamburg 4D Tree Farm
Open for only one weekend this year, Hamburg 4D Tree Farm is well-worth the trek to Sandy. Choose from Nobles, Grands and a few other firs, up to six feet tall. The friendly staff will assist in cutting, carrying and tying trees to vehicles, if needed. Then you and the kids can grab a free cup of chili and hot cocoa before sitting down to craft your own handmade ornaments.
Dec. 1-2 & 8-9
9:00 a.m. to dusk.
Prices: $30/tree, any size. Cash, checks or credit/debit cards accepted
36731 SE Hauglum Rd.
Sunny Day Tree Farm
For a holiday experience with a wide-angle view of the Willamette Valley, head to this 80-acre hilltop farm to check out its selection of Turkish and Nordmann firs. All are spray-free and up to 10 feet tall. Each year Santa pays a special visit, this time little helpers can visit (and snap a photo) with him on Nov. 22 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Nov. 17-Dec. 22
Tues.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Mon.
Prices: $50/tree for u-cut; $55/tree for pre-cut. Cash and check only
25100 SW Neill Rd.
photo: Redland Family Farm via Yelp
Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm
After selecting a Noble and Nordmann fir, up to heights of 10 feet, watch your kids frolic in the artificial snow, meet with Santa, roast marshmallows in the firepit and delight in the model train display. You can also get a jump on your holiday shopping at the on-site gift store, which is filled with handmade wreaths and lavender products.
Nov. 23-25; Dec. 2-3; Dec. 1-2
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Prices: $52/tree (except Doug Firs: $25) . Cash, checks and credit/debit cards
12814 NW Bishop Rd
Redland Family Farm
This Oregon City farm knows how to turn choosing a Christmas tree into an all-day event. Along with pre- and u-cut Noble and Douglas firs, you and the kids will find complimentary s’mores, hot cider, wagon rides, a petting zoo, a bouncy house and a letter-writing station that delivers directly to the North Pole. Leashed dogs are welcome as well, so bring Fido along for the fun.
Dec. 1 & 2
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Prices: $75/tree for u-cut Noble firs; pre-cut Noble and Douglas firs also available
19400 S Redland Rd.
Oregon City, Or
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